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"Close-up photography and clear instructions make creating your own pearl jewelry a snap." - Monsters and Critics.com

"As a pearl-o-holic myself, I really liked this book." - About.com Guide to Jewelry Making

"You're sure to be inspired, though that may lead to yet more bead-buying." - Fiber Arts News

"Stunning full-color photos accompany each project, and each features extremely detailed instructions." - KLIATT

"Beautiful photography, step-by-step instructions, and interesting background...[this book] is fun to look at and get inspired by." - South Jersey Bead Society

About the Author

Marlene Blessing is a former contributing editor to SPA magazine and a former senior features editor for The Seattle Weekly. She was also the editorial director for Beadwork, Step by Step Beads and Stringing magazines. She lives in Longmont, Colorado. Jamie Hogsett is the editor of Stringing magazine, the special projects editor of Beadwork magazine and the author of Stringing Style. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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  • File Size: 5179 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (March 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40TH0
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The pearl, in all its lustrous beauty, stands apart from other gems in capturing our fascination. Why is this? Perhaps you will understand more after enjoying this knockout of a jewelry design book by Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett, Create Jewelry: Pearls: Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear.
As depicted in the beloved portrait by Vermeer, "Girl with a Pearl Earring", there is a unique quality belonging to pearls. They always attract us. Perhaps it is because they express purity, beauty, innocence and yet, at the same time, a wonderful, sensuous mystery. This book, in all aspects, succeeds in expressing the loveliness of its subject, the pearl.

The projects are uniformly stunning and brilliantly executed. Some are classic and/or easy to make, like the long strand of Burgundy Swarovski pearls with Swarovski crystals, which is shown on the model, simply worn free and long, or "opera length", with a formal dress. The color of the pearls in that project was particularly appealing to me! The lengths are all explained, by the way. Types of pearls are, as well.
Some projects are pure high fashion: picture a model wearing glorious baroque black pearls in a fantastic Y shaped tassel design, with a white T-shirt and a cool black leather jacket! That one knocked my socks off!
These projects, and many more, entranced me as I read and enjoyed the history of pearls which is also a part of this luxurious book.

There is a mood to this design book which is uniformly elegant. The photography is very high fashion and fun to look at, and the research photos and writing consistently enhance the appeal of the book's projects. It is as if the research and history inspired the projects, in many cases. For example, in a "did you know...
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I have several how-to jewelry books and this one is in the top 5 as far as having pieces that I will actually make. I consider my skills intermediate and will be making at least 4 of the projects as Christmas gifts. So many of these type books have what I consider to be outlandish designs and this one has really lovely, more traditional pieces. The instructions are clear, the supply lists complete (including sources to find components), and the pictures terrific. Enjoy!
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I first saw this book in my local library and thought it was a book about pearls. I had to order it because it was a new accession at the time. When I finally received the book it was a real revelation to find out that I could make these designs if I wanted to! I was very impressed with the wide range of modern jewelry shown and the details about how the designs were made up. There is not much information on the beading tools needed etc but this is easily found in other well priced books that Amazon sells on pearl jewelry making. The real strengths of this book are illustrating the wide range of pearls available today for jewelry making and the beautiful pieces that can be made. I live in Australia and the fact that I searched Amazon to find this book and was happy to pay the high shipping fees gives you some idea of the degree to which I enjoyed this book and wanted to own it.
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While you could copy the designs in "Create Jewelry: Pearls: Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear", you might consider this book as a roadmap for unusual ideas instead.

What stood out for me? The variety of shapes and ideas that were not just beads sitting on a thread. For example, there is a coin pearl cuff style bracelet that is wide and elegant--not your usual single toggle bracelet. A real statement. Burgundy seed beads are used as a base, but I'd probably try some small Swarovski crystals instead, and instead of white coin pearls, try blush or lavender ones. You see? You can really take off on these ideas and make them your own.

There are pearls threaded on beautiful ribbons and organdy strips, there are lariats, and long pendant chains. One stunning design had small beads wound around a pearl chain, with a polymer clay pendant. I didn't like the pendant but think, if you were a clay designer, you could use this chain idea for some really outstanding artisan designs. Of course, Interweave continues their tradition of excellent photography and even better handdrawn illustrations for the how-to.

If you aren't the rugged individualist, this book has enough pearl designs to keep you happy for a long time. If you are a designer, you can use the various methods of making bracelets and necklaces as templates for your own variations. That's why I like this book, it's versatile and stimulating to creativity. Big thumbs up.
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If you are unfamiliar working with pearls, this is a good book for design ideas. I was disappointed that the author did not focus on how to string pearls; although, this is an introductory book on pearls. I found the history of pearls interesting. If you are interested in designs, this is the book for you.
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I own almost every book written by these two authors. The photographs in each book written by these authors are amazing and very inspiring. The photos alone are worth the price.

The reason I've given this book 4 out of 5 stars is because this book is really not for the novice jewelry maker or beader. This book is really made for jewelry makers with a strong background & knowledge of the basic jewelry making steps (eg: crimping, stringing, pearl-knotting, color design, etc). Thus, without this basic knowledge, a novice jewelry maker or beader, may find some of the directions a bit overwhelming. However, if you have a basic knowledge of beading, I think you will find this book very inspirational. Once again, as I stated before, the photos alone are worth the price!
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